Belly vs Bely - What's the difference?

belly | bely |

As verbs the difference between belly and bely

is that belly is to position one's belly while bely is .

As a noun belly

is the abdomen.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The abdomen.
  • (Dunglison)
  • The stomach, especially a fat one.
  • The womb.
  • * Bible, Jer. i. 5
  • Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.
  • The lower fuselage of an airplane.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 454:
  • There was no heat, and we shivered in the belly of the plane.
  • The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part.
  • the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, or ship
  • * Bible, Jonah ii. 2
  • Out of the belly of hell cried I.
  • (architecture) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
  • Derived terms

    * beer belly * bellyache * belly button/belly-button * belly dance/belly-dance * belly dancer/belly-dancer * belly dancing * belly flop, bellyflop * bellyful * belly laugh/belly-laugh * bellyless * bellylike * belly of the beast * Delhi belly * fire in the belly * sawbelly * sharpbelly

    Usage notes

    * Formerly, all the splanchnic or visceral cavities were called bellies: the lower belly being the abdomen; the middle belly, the thorax; and the upper belly, the head.

    See also

    * have eyes bigger than one's belly * abdomen * bouk * stomach * tummy


  • To position one's belly.
  • To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.
  • * Dryden
  • The bellying canvas strutted with the gale.
  • To cause to swell out; to fill.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your breath of full consent bellied his sails.

    Derived terms

    * belly up




  • *{{quote-book, year=1811, author=Jane Austen, title=Sense and Sensibility, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=This woman of whom he writes--whoever she be--or any one, in short, but your own dear self, mama, and Edward, may have been so barbarous to bely me. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1871, author=Catullus, title=The Poems and Fragments of Catullus, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=So he'll quickly devour the way, if only He's no booby; for all a snowy maiden Chide imperious, and her hands around him Both in jealousy clasp'd, refuse departure. 10 She, if only report the truth bely not, Doats, as hardly within her own possession. 3. }}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1918, author=J. Arthur Gibbs, title=A Cotswold Village, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=And here it may be said that Tom Peregrine's name did not bely him. }}
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